MINISTER KELLY ANNOUNCES WATERFORD TO HOST LAUNCH OF BIKE WEEK 2012

Minister for Public and Commuter Transport, Alan Kelly TD today announced that Waterford was the successful winner in the bid to launch National Bike Week 2012.  Bike Week 2012 will take place nationwide from 16-24 June this year and Waterford was the winning bidder in the competition to play host to the first major event to mark the Week.
 
Speaking in Waterford today, Minister Kelly said: “The reason Waterford was selected, was that their bid ticked all the boxes for what Bike Week is all about.  It’s all about getting people on their bikes and the organisers have a broad, imaginative and attractive range of events that I hope people of all ages will join in with. 
 
This year, the major opening event for National Bike Week takes place from 16-17 June and it will be a mass participation costal ride from Dungarvan to Waterford, led by former World Number One Sean Kelly.  Waterford City will witness extravaganzas which will have a little something for everyone including cycling expos, music and entertainment zones, stunt rider displays, food and craft markets and cycling events for children and families. It is anticipated that 30,000 (participants and spectators) will attend the events in Waterford taking place over the course of the day. Numerous cycling promotion events will be held in Waterford city and county during Bike Week, targeted at groups including primary school children, teenagers, families, the disabled, serious cyclists, casual cyclists and non-cyclists. 
 
The events in Waterford are just the start of national Bike Week, which will see thousands of people taking part in events nationwide from 16-24 June, details will be available on www.bikeweek.ie
 
Minister Kelly concluded: “I hope that this year, National Bike Week 2012 will be our biggest and most successful yet. I really look forward to launching the opening event in Waterford in June and I am sure it will be the start of a great Week. “
 
ENDS
 
Issued by:
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Press Office. Tel(01) 604 1076 / (01) 604 1090.
 
 
Notes for Editors:
Galway, Limerick, Cork and Waterford were invited to submit bids to host the launch event.  These cities were selected as they have well developed cycling culture.  It is intended to invite more regional cities to bid next year.
 
Bids were marked on criteria including meeting the objectives of Bike Week – to encourage new cyclists on to the road/park/cycle route; celebrate cycling culture; and encourage cycling tourism. Other criteria considered were the attractiveness of proposed events, the accessibility of events to both cyclists and non-cyclists and value for money.
 
The members of the selection panel marked the bids independently and each summited the same result - Waterford was the winning bid.
 
Galway City hosted the launch of National Bike Week 2011.
Initial Publication Date: 
08/03/2012